Friday, February 08, 2008

Trip to Peru for knitters.

Hi. Someone I met at a Stitch n Bitch Group is scheduling a trip to Peru, I told her I would pass on the info. Her contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Experience the magic of Peru - May 2008
A magical 10 day visit to the beautiful country of Peru where you will experience the country's many fascinating sites highlighted by knitting at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu
In the Andes of Peru, knitting and weaving are an important part of the Inca life where every village has it own weaving pattern, knitting technique and traditions.
In May 2008 I will be leading a fabulous trip to Peru in which you'll be able to relax,enjoy and knit while enjoying the natural beauty of Peru.
The adventure begins with a visit to Lima and a Tour of the "City of the Kings". We will visit the historic Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, City Hall, The Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace. We will also visit Casa Aliaga, America's best preserved colonial mansion, enjoy the magnificent view of thePacific Ocean and its beaches, take a stroll through a typical Peruvian Market and be shown how to make the peruvian dish "Ceviche"
We will then travel to Cusco where you will experience a private weaving demostrations by weavers from villages associated with The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco . You will learn various knitting and weaving techniques and a weaving kit will be included. This is a 3 day workshop where you will meet Nilda Callanaupa Nilda who is an expert weaver who has traveled to the United States and elsewhere on a number of occasions to teach and give presentations at Harvard, Cornell, the University of Vermont, The Textile Museum in Washington DC, UCLA and other institutions. Nilda will be with us for one day . She just had her new book released by Interweave Press here in the U.S. which is titled Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands and you'll be getting a signed copy of this book.
Inluded is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a tour of the great Inca ruins of Macchu Picchu where you can bring a project to sit, knit or spin. If there are any hikers in the group you are welcome to climb to the peak of Huayna Picchu which is the large mountain behind Machu Picchu and takes about 2 hours.
Also included is a day trip to Accha Alta/Pitumarca which is a very traditional community where they weave using warp supplementary techniques and create very unique designs in from natural dyed colors and natural fibers.
During the trip you will also have many oppurtunities to shop for textiles and yarn.
If you are interested it in this trip please call me or write and I'll send you specific details about this trip. Don't wait - and make your reservations with a $300 deposit no later than January 15, 2008.
Trip Group Coordinator
Edita (909) 263-4647

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